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Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II: The Partnership that Changed the World

interview with Edwin Meese IIIvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Former attorney general Edwin Meese III explains the relationship between President Reagan and Pope John Paul II and how their collaboration helped end the Cold War.

In the News

How The US Actually Financed The Second World War

quoting Lee Ohanianvia Financial Times Alphaville
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

[Subscription Required] In March of 1951, a year into the Korean War, the US Treasury offered long-term notes at 2 3/4 per cent in exchange for short-term notes at 2 1/2 per cent. According to a narrative written half a century later by the Richmond Fed, the Federal Reserve supported the price of the long-term notes, but: only up to a limited volume it had agreed on with the Treasury.

The Nationalist Revival
Analysis and Commentary

The Nationalist Revival

interview with Jack Goldsmith, John Judisvia Security by the Book
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization.

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The Pursuit of Peace

via Hoover Daily Report
Friday, February 15, 2019

In 1919, Europe was in recovery from the devastation of World War I, the Russian Civil War was raging, the Versailles peace negotiations had begun, Adolph Hitler gave his first speech to the German Workers Party, and the world was awash in change. Herbert Hoover had witnessed firsthand the devastating aftermath of the war as Chairman of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, where he led the relief effort for the food crisis that Belgium faced after the German invasion. He recognized that history was being forged around him and in 1919 he sent $50,000 to his alma mater, Stanford University, to be used to archive materials from the “Great War” for future generations.

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Area 45: The (Second) American Civil War? With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Area 45
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the hands dealt to the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, and the 45th president, Donald Trump.

Analysis and Commentary

Adam Smith's Beautiful Reductio Ad Absurdum

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, February 10, 2019

I’m about to leave for home from an excellent Liberty Fund colloquium on “Free Trade and Liberty” in La Jolla. Thanks to Liberty Fund, discussion leader Sandra Peart, organizers Pierre Lemieux and Liberty Fund’s Hans Eicholz, and the other participants.


Lanhee Chen: Ep. 5: Dana Dishes

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Crossing Lines with Lanhee Chen
Friday, February 8, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen talks with Dana Perino about her time as White House Press Secretary, the state of the media, and the lessons that journalists and citizens should take from the 2016 and 2018 elections as we look ahead to 2020. Lanhee also gives us his thoughts about the Democrats’ “Green New Deal” and why the State of the Union was President Trump’s “opening salvo” in the 2020 presidential campaign.
Analysis and Commentary

Ernie Fitzgerald RIP

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, February 8, 2019

David Boaz, over at the Cato Institute, has an obituary today of A. Ernest Fitzgerald, the legendary cost analyst at the Pentagon. Here’s the Washington Post‘s obituary. The Post does an excellent job and so I won’t try to replicate it here. I do recommend reading it so that you can get a feel for how heroic he was, risking his job and President Nixon’s personal wrath to blow the whistle on the cost overruns on the Pentagon’s C-5A program.

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Area 45: Is Taxing Wealth “Economic Justice?” With John Cochrane

interview with John H. Cochrane via Area 45
Thursday, February 7, 2019

The merits of the various proposed tax hikes and whether they constitute sound economics.

The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist, with Victor Davis Hanson: “Can Higher Education be Saved?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Thursday, February 7, 2019

The roots of the modern academy’s dysfunction.


Military History Working Group

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.